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2-bedroom townhouse on Cortijo Grande valley with air-con & stunning views

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 753 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Sleeps 4. 2-bedroom air-conditioned townhouse on Cortijo Grande valley

VERY IMPORTANT: This property complies with all aspects of the new legislation for holiday rental properties introduced by the Junta de Andalucia on 11 May 2016. Our registration number is shown on this web page under Key Information. Before booking a holiday rental property in this area, you are advised to request the identification number to avoid being forced to vacate an illegal holiday rental property by the Guardia Civil.

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Shh! Keep it a secret! Don't tell anyone about this Secret Escape, but in March 2014, a Telegraph newspaper article listed Andalucia number one of the "World's Top 20 Places for the Good Life", with a special mention of the area around Vera and Mojacar. Come for a taste of our amazing area....

For those seeking tranquillity in a truly stunning natural setting yet within reach of all facilities, this superbly appointed air-conditioned townhouse enjoys one of the very best locations within the idyllic time-warp Cortijo Grande valley. Casa Los Pinos bar/restaurant is just over a minutes' walk. The cosy 'Almazara' bar/restaurant is a 3-minute stroll, and there is also a vegetarian restaurant in the valley. There is a hotel with a restaurant, swimming pool and beach bar at the nearby Hostal Rural Tio Tomas on the road to Turre.

The 9-hole golf course in the valley is not a commercial venture at the moment but is playable thanks to local volunteers from Cortijo Grande Club de Golf who tend the greens.The golf course and the orange groves used to be watered from an underground volcanic lake, but this has now dried up, presumably due to climate change. The visiting herd of goats with tinkly bells come round every day to keep the weeds down! The superb professional 18-hole golf courses of Marina Golf Mojacar, Macenas and Valle De Este are all within 20 minutes' drive, and the fabulous international Desert Springs golf resort is 30 minutes' drive - Sir Ian Botham and other famous sports people have homes there.

The town of Turre with supermarkets, bars etc is 6 minutes' drive, and the major resort of Mojacar with all its facilities is less than 15-minutes' drive.

Cortijo Grande was originally a traditional Spanish village with orange groves. When the valley was developed in the 1970's, the original buildings were retained. Our house has been refitted in the traditional 'Rustica' style - see photos.

About the Levante area of Almeria: Almeria province has warmest and driest climate in Spain, with only 200mm annual rainfall and an average of over 300 days of sunshine each year. The fruit and vegetable industry is in the south of the province around Roquetas, but Cortijo Grande is in Northern Almeria, one of the most picturesque parts of Andalucia.

This part of Spain was ruled by the Moors until the 15th century, and Moorish influences can be seen everywhere from the ornate arches and windows to the domed buildings and terraced hillsides. Every village celebrates its Moors & Christians fiesta every year, with mock battles and parades - just one of the many fiestas in this area.

The Costa Almeria is unspoilt. You will not find any high-rise apartments in this area, and if you're a keen driver you'll love the quiet roads and the lack of traffic lights. The beach resorts of Mojacar and Garrucha are within an easy 15-minute drive, and there you will find loads of tapas bars and many kinds of restaurants.

Local Attractions: Don't miss the great ceramic shops at Nijar. Further on is Almeria city with its designer shops, tapas bars and the massive Alcabaza castle overlooking the city.

The large town of Aguilas is a little over half an hour away, with its marina, railway museum, tidy parks and shopping.

The ancient city of Cartagena is about an hour away to the north via an excellent scenic toll motorway. This lovely town is Spain's main naval port, and you will find a Roman amphitheatre, stunning buildings and museums, plus ships and maybe a cruise liner in the bay.

Around El Cortijo Grande: There are many walks around the valley - you'll see wild herbs and orchids along the way. It's a bird-watcher's paradise. Horse-riding is available at the Moorish village of Cabrera just up the hill from the valley, where you can admire the views and even have a fabulous Moroccan meal at the magnificent Riad Cabrera.

Nature lovers often leave the car at the townhouse - there are plenty of easy walks nearby, including the remains of an ancient mosque and even the old airfield and control tower featured in the first Indiana Jones film. There are laminated walking maps in the house and we can recommend walks along the ramblas, or why not follow the old railway track at Bedar to explore the beautiful Serena valley. Explorers are welcome, and you may even like to join the local Mojacar Walking Group on one of their expeditions. And there are birds galore, in fact we get many more birdwatchers and walkers than golfers as guests.

There is parking for the house within around 9 feet of the front door and the ground is flat and level.

More Details
Registration Number : CTC-201652993

Owner
Jim Mackie
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
November 8, 2017

About Jim Mackie

We bought our townhouse as a holiday home to spend our winters and rent out in summer. We hadn't planned to buy a townhouse in Cortijo Grande, but after viewing other property in the area, we went out for a drive one day and stumbled onto something like a scene from 'The Sound of Music', except this was January and folk were sunbathing on their terraces and balconies. In 2007, we decided that we wanted to live in this wonderful unspoilt area full time, but we needed a bigger house, so we now have a villa in nearby Bédar village and rent our townhouse all year round.

Jim Mackie purchased this house in 2006

Why Jim Mackie chose Turre

We looked at all sorts of properties in El Cortijo Grande valley, including some large and expensive villas. No property at any price had the views which our townhouse enjoys. We bought the view and the house came with it ! We're busy with rentals all year round, and you'll find people sunbathing in January. Apart from the amazing views, we love the fact that the valley is tucked away from the holiday crowds, yet only 15 minutes from the coast. The main Mediterranean motorway is less than 10 minutes away, so getting around is easy.

What makes this house unique

The old golf clubhouse and bar is in a rustic 300 year old building and there are two bar/restaurants within easy walking distance, plus a restaurant with a swimming pool near the entrance to the valley. El Cortijo Grande is a protected valley, and nothing has been built here for over 20 years. We get a real kick out of taking new visitors onto the terrace and hearing them say 'Wow!' when they see the views. Many of our renters have been keen walkers and birdwatchers. We get a lot of winter lets, as Almeria has the mildest and driest climate in Europe and we seem to rent to a lot more arthritis sufferers than golfers! We're delighted that all our guests have loved how we've developed our house and they have all looked after it really well during their visits.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This place is the real deal. We walked for miles around the valley and up to Cabrera, saw kingfishers, wagtails and bee-eaters. We spent a lot of time chilling out around the pool at Los Limoneros, nice place ! Although some of the roads around there could have been smoother.

After quite a few indifferent holidays in noisy apartments, this was so peaceful that we sometimes missed quite a lot of the day sleeping. And thank goodness for the air con - it kept us cool in the hottest August afternoons. Salud ! S.S.
Sep 2009
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Map

Nearest Airport
72 Kilometres
Almeria
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Almanzara Bar, El Cortijo Grande
Nearest Ferry
81 Kilometres
Almeria
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Marina Golf, Mojacar
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
Junction 520, A-7 Autovia del Mediterraneo
Nearest Restaurant
60 Metres
Los Pinos bar/restaurant, El Cortijo Grande
Nearest Ski
271 Kilometres
Sierra Nevada
Nearest Beach
12 Kilometres
Mojacar

From Cortijo Grande, the bustling town of Turre is 6 minutes' drive, with good shops, an amazing supermarket and many bars and restaurants. The beach resorts of Mojacar & Garrucha are a 15-minute drive, with loads of tapas bars & restaurants. Mojacar has several beaches.

The ancient Moorish hilltop village of Mojacar Pueblo (seen in the distance) is a must, with its cobbled streets and alleyways, great shops, music venues, cultural centre & restaurants. There are other white villages to visit, including Bedar & Nijar.

There is a marina and go-karting at Garrucha. At Vera there is the oldest bullring in Spain, a naturist beach and water park. The Mini Hollywood theme park & zoo, where the spaghetti westerns were made, is 40 minutes away at Tabernas; you can visit the caves at Sorbas on the way..

The Cabo de Gata natural park is 30 minutes south, and well worth a visit for its award-winning beaches, spectacular scenery & lovely coastal villages with boats parked on the beach.

Golf: The townhouse is situated on the edge of the 9th fairway of the former 9-hole golf course, which is set among orange groves. The setting and the views are simply awesome, and really need to be experienced rather than read about in print. The orange groves are watered from an underground volcanic lake, and the valley is a veritable paradise even for non-golfers. Golf equipment including electric buggies are available for hire at the clubhouse, about 3 minutes' walk from the townhouse. There is a rustic bar/restaurant at the clubhouse, which is in a very old building located where the original village of El Cortijo Grande was built.

The 18-hole golf courses of Marina Golf Mojacar, Valle De Este and the new Playa Macenas course at Mojacar are all within 20 minutes drive, and the international Desert Springs course (where Sir Ian Botham and Daley Thompson have homes) is 25 minutes away, but these are modern courses in settings which are simply not on a 'par' with the natural valley of Cortijo Grande.

For golfers not wishing to take their clubs on the plane, we can prep-book golf club hire for our guests for just 30 euros per stay (no time limit on use of clubs) and this includes 20 golf balls.

GETTING THERE

There are excellent transport and motorway links. Cortijo Grande is about 45 minutes from Almeria Airport, and the stone-arched entrance to Cortijo Grande is less than 3km from junction 520 from Junction 520 of the major European motorway - the Autovia del Mediterraneo.

Murcia San Javier airport is an hour and quarter away via the stunning new AP-7 toll motorway. Alicante airport is just over 2 hours away via the same motorway, but has a wide range of flights. Pick up a hire car at the airport. Drivers will relish the quiet roads - not a traffic light for miles!

Flights are available to Almeria Airport from Stansted, Gatwick, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Birmingham and East Midlands.

Flights are available to Murcia Airport from London Stansted, Gatwick & Luton plus Birmingham, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow Prestwick, Leeds Bradford, Liverpool and Manchester.

Granada airport is 2 hours away with flights from Gatwick, Heathrow and Manchester.

To search for the best flights for your needs, may we suggest the search engine.skyscanner

Ski: Winter skiing is available at the Sierra Nevada mountains around Granada, just over 2 hours away.

Amenities

Turre House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (terraced)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 753 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Fully tiled first floor bathroom. White bathroom suite with stepped bath/shower, recessed halogen ceiling lights, washbasin with illuminated mirror, wc, built-in hair dryer. Please note: We supply shower gel and liquid soap, so that our guests don't need to use up their airline baggage weight allowance with these items.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • On the upper floor, bedroom 1 has a UK king-size bed with a luxury mattress and a traditional Spanish 'rustica' headboard, a built-in wardrobe, 'rustica' furniture, and a remote-control air-conditioning/heating unit. French doors with side panels lead to a full-width balcony overlooking the rear patio and the golf course. This bedroom and the main terrace have breathtaking views over the golf course - in the distance to the right is the old clubhouse and cypress trees, ahead lie the Sierra Cabrera mountains and the Moorish village of Cabrera, and to the left is the view to the Moorisih village of Mojacar Pueblo and the Mediterranean sea. Bedroom 2, also on the upper floor, has twin beds, built-in wardrobe with cute tiled top, 'rustica' furniture, air-conditioning/ heating unit and Juliet balcony overlooking the private parking area directly adjacent to the rear terrace.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • caves
  • churches
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
There is flat private parking to the front of the property, and a small front patio area. You can park to within 10 feet of the door. The front door leads to a small hallway and the recently fitted open-plan 'Rustica' style kitchen, with a gas hob, extraction fan & electric oven, plus feature lighting. The large lounge has seating for 5, a fireplace (decorative only) and a dining area with dining suite for 4. Like the bedrooms, the lounge has reverse air-conditioning, providing cold air in the warm months and hot air in winter. Newly-tiled sizeable private rear terrace over looking the golf course, dining suite for 4 with parasol. 2 sun loungers. Brick barbecue ideal for disposable BBQs. The terrace is bordered by low walls and colourful bougainvillea bushes on either side. There is a rockery with steps leading down to the valley's orange and lemon groves. This terrace has breathtaking views over the rustic golf course to the mountains & sea.

Reviews

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2-bedroom townhouse on Cortijo Grande valley with air-con & stunning views
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A wonderful experience

  • 5 of 5

My partner and I had a wonderful holiday at this townhouse. The property has the necessary rental license and Jim sorted the little bit of admin in advance. We were safe in the knowledge that everything was being done legally and that our recent disaster with renting a holiday home in Benaldmadena would not be repeated.

The owner Jim met our hired car coming off the motorway and we followed him down to the house, only 5 minutes or so. The house is just so cute and lovely with big French doors onto a big terrace with the most amazing views of the golf course, mountains and right down to the med. We loved to sit on the terrace as the sun went down, watching the colors change in the hills to an amazing warm pink. As for the peace - the noisiest thing we heard all week were the birds.

The house is really well equipped with everything we could ever need, plenty of cutlery, dishes, pots etc. plus a toaster, coffee machine and even a juicer which we used for the oranges which we got at Turre market - 2 kilos for a euro. There was a very generous welcome pack included in the price with beer, cava, chorizo, chutney, jam, cheese, croissants, cakes and basics like milk, coffee and tea. And toiletries were also provided, so when we arrived we were able to shower then chill out with some cava and some lunch before having to venture out to the shops. Jim's guest book is full of information about how to work the TV, DVD player, white goods, air con etc plus market days, restaurants, days out. He really made us feel welcome and took time to explain everything and answer all our questions. In fact, in many years of holidaying, we don't remember being as well looked-after. We both slept very well in the large and very comfy bed (king-size?).

And would we return? Oh yes.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thankyou so much for your very flattering review. We really enjoyed meeting you both and you were the perfect guests. Thanks also for looking after our house and leaving it so clean. You'll be welcome back any time ! Jim
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5

Can't wait to return

  • 5 of 5

The view is to die for. I loved waking up in this house and seeing the sun rise above the mountains. It's so peaceful and relaxing. The stars at night are amazing too!

The house is well equipped and very comfortable. It was the perfect size for our family of 4 and we had everything we needed.

The location is great with a restaurant/bar on the doorstep and its only 4 miles to Turre which has a brilliant supermarket, Friday market, bars and restaurants. You are 7.5 miles from Mojacar pueblo (we know as we ran it one day!!) so you have the beauty of both worlds: peaceful location but within easy reach of everything you need.

Jim and Connie were great hosts and we had the best welcome pack we've ever seen waiting for us. They thoughtfully told us about restaurants and events during our stay also.

Would we return? In a heartbeat. We love Almeria and have stayed in various places but this is a new favourite and we hope to return soon. We already miss the view, the sun, the goats and Spanish life.

Thankyou for a wonderful stay.

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! What lovely words. Your review is greatly appreciated. We put a lot of work into looking after our guests and it's heartwarming to be appreciated in this way. Muchas gracias and hope to welcome you all back before too long ! Best wishes. Jim
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A relaxing peaceful place

  • 5 of 5

Jim and Connie , the owners, could not have been more helpful. They saved us from a very tricky situation and provided us with great local knowledge.

The house is fully equipped and comfortable. All you need is your food as everything else is provided, eg washing up liquid, shampoo etc, oh and some lovely treats in the fridge! The only thing that could have made it better is for the path from the garden to the golf course to be cleared but apart from that, top marks all round. A wonderful place to relax and unwind

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your review. To clarify, we don't own the path in question beyond our terrace as it's the property of the estate owners Colt. For security reasons, we do not want this path cleared under any circumstances - the spiky cactus-type plants constitute protection against any intruders from attempting to enter our property from the old golf course.
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Lovely view in a lovely area

  • 4 of 5

A rustic townhouse with an amazing view in a lovely part of the country. We had a super stay and a lovely week.

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cortijo grande hide away

  • 5 of 5

As we booked the first two weeks in April, while the weather was just perfect for a pair of pasty Brits like ourselves.

Fantastic views from our balcony coupled with complete peace and quiet, all within the astonishingly beautiful southern Spanish countryside.

Connie and Jim are perfect hostes and made us both feel very much at home from start to finish.

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aw, muchas gracias for your lovely words, and thanks also for leaving our house so clean and tidy on your departure. It was our real pleasure to meet you both and we hope to see you again before too long !
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Stunning location and great accommodation

  • 5 of 5

Charming and really well-equipped town house with amazing views over the Cortijo Grande valley. Very peaceful and comfortable acommadation. The owner emailed the directions and met us coming off the motorway. We followed his car down to the house less than 10 minutes away. Then a big welcome pack of drinks and food was there for our arrival and cold beers were swiftly opened! Our best-ever start to a holiday! Extremely comfy king-size bed. The air con was very welcome during the very warm August nights. Lovely area, loads to see and do. Owner Jim was so helpful in making our holiday memorable, and gave us details of local events including a great flamenco night. A return visit is definately on the cards! Thanks Jim for making it all so easy.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $132

Wi-fi included in our prices. Weekly change of linen & towels is included, plus liquid soap & shower gel. Free welcome pack provided, incl. coffee, tea, sugar, milk, bread, beer & cava, plus specialities like chorizo, cheese, home-made jam & chutney. Calor gas supplied for the hob. Electricity not included, charged at cost price (details on request). 14 hours low-cost electricity per day.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.